HEAD
1968, Rhino Entertainment, 86 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This head-tripping psychedelic delight, written and produced by Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, stars Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones - better known as The Monkees. The film succeeded in demolishing the group’s mythology and in creating its own, fracturing their cheeky TV image (and helping lay the groundwork for MTV) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes. Features a mind-blowing gallery of 1960s icons including Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Sonny Liston and Frank Zappa, not to mention a bizarre cameo by Victor Mature!


MODEL SHOP
1969, Sony Repertory, 95 min, USA/France, Dir: Jacques Demy

Gary Lockwood stars as a young American who falls in love with French model Anouk Aimée, in Jacques Demy's only Hollywood studio feature (it was financed by Columbia). Aimée reprises her role as the titular character of Demy's first film, LOLA, but neither she nor Lockwood is the real star of MODEL SHOP: That honor goes to the city of Los Angeles itself, which Demy photographs with the same blend of wonder and authenticity that characterizes his French films. This is no idealized version of Hollywood - it's an L.A. of supermarkets and parking lots - yet Demy's romantic eye lends a style and dignity to even the most mundane people and locations. In English.


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